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Paul

Fountain Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Shaq Uncut: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Shaquille O'Neal, Jackie MacMullan
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq.... From growing up in difficult circumstances and getting cut from his high-school basketball team to his larger-than-life basketball career, Shaquille O'Neal lays it all out in Shaq Uncut: My Story.

    Philip says: "The Truth about Shaq."
    "Suprised at the quality of the content"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Shaq Uncut the most enjoyable?

    I have to admit that I was pleasantly suprised at how well I enjoyed this. The narrator was very good and at first you think that Shaq is really telling this. You do get the feeling that Shaq loves himself and that no one will ever be like him....But that's Shaq. A GOOD LISTEN.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mother and Grandmother... They always kept him on point.


    Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

    Shaq.... of course


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Big (...) Can you dig it...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (285)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "You have GOT to be kidding me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Hazardous Duty better?

    A good story with less talk about NOTHING. The story was NOT advanced much AT ALL.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

    Debatable...if he treats his other books like THIS one...he just "mailed it in".


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Okay...sincere...Forgiving


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hazardous Duty?

    I would have made the Author go back and WRITE a story...not just cut and paste parts from other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so disappointed with this installment. The Presidential Agent series is a good one...I would have said very good but "This was TERRIBLE", I purchased this because I just KNEW W.E.B. Griffin would not just "Mail in" an installment. This was real money used.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poseidon's Arrow: A Dirk Pitt Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (700)

    It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing - and the man who developed it is dead. At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard... burned to a crisp.

    Karen says: "Another great adventure for Dirk"
    "Almost lost me....recovered 3/4 way through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler and/or Scott Brick?

    yes I will try another book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler before, how does this one compare?

    This book started off VERY slow as far as the Dirk Pitt series is concerned. It seemed to get lost in telling an alternate story with auxillary characters and no MAIN characters. It was like another author was writing the first part of the book and did not have the concept of why Dirk and Al work so well together. In the second half of the book it got back on the winning formula and narrative. If you can pain through the first part you will be rewarded for your tenacity and end up with a good story.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Brick IS THE PERSON TO READ THESE STORIES... his timing is perfect for the Dirk Pitt series.


    Do you think Poseidon's Arrow needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It does not need a follow-up because I could not go through another lack luster beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    I can tell the difference in the writing styles of the authors, please do not attempt to put an alternate style of writing in these series... stick to what works...Make another series of books to do the alternate style of writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4341)
    Performance
    (3792)
    Story
    (3843)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Waited for long time...not disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Inheritance the most enjoyable?

    The was that Christopher Paolini wove the story to its FIRST (hint) conclusion. All of the loose ends were tied up. (Even if some of them were not story book ending) The conclusions made sense. In listening to the reasons WHY the events happened like they did... I had to agree.
    This installment is the end piece of a Masterpiece started many years ago... Congratulations!


    What other book might you compare Inheritance to and why?

    Enders Game... Logical development... entertaining...


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Eragon... this character made me MAD...Happy...sad and all of this knowing he is one-of-a-kind.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Join the adventure with characters in the same stature as AVATAR... A must see...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traffickers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    Griffin's popular Badge of Honor police series returns, with a story of murder and lawlessness as compelling as today's headlines. Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne is used to murder, but lately there's been an awful lot of it in Philadelphia. A gangland shooting in a popular tourist location has left six dead, most of them innocent bystanders, and days later the body of a headless Latina turns up in the Schuykill River.

    Mario says: "Decent Story"
    "Wow...great Story"
    Overall

    I took a chance on the Book because I normally read the 'Presidential Agent' Series. This is a very good read...I gives you an inside look on how People are acutally taken and used as a commodity. ENLIGHTENING

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medusa: A Kurt Austin Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    In the Micronesian Islands, a top secret, U.S. government- sponsored undersea lab conducting vital biomedical research on a rare jellyfish known as the Blue Medusa suddenly disappears. At the same time, off Bermuda, a bathysphere is attacked by an underwater vehicle and left helpless a half mile below the surface, its passengers -i ncluding Zavala - left to die. Only Kurt Austin's heroic measures save them, but, suspecting a connection, Austin puts the NUMA(r) team on the case.

    Bob says: "Another Clive Cussler winner"
    "Classic Cussler with Austin Stlye"
    Overall

    I was not disappointed because the formula for the Austin series is the same. Not as dynamic as the Dirk Pitt series but now it is progressing towards be JUST AS GOOD.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (3732)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1897)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Teddy says: "Fun KIDS Book"
    "A fun read/listen"
    Overall

    This is one book that was really delightful to listen to. I know that it had the young at heart in mind and you have to understand the fast paced thinking of it. You can start this book and be finished with it very quickly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Metamorphoses

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ovid
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

    J. J. Kuzma says: "Desert Island Download"
    "Oh boy...it will take a while"
    Overall

    Well, I have to say that this book will take awhile to get through. Knowing that this come from centuries ago makes it more understandable. Maybe I was thinking that this book would really get right into saying what the myths and mythology was like...

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Air Battle Force

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dale Brown
    • Narrated By William Dufries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    On America's newest combat base, U.S. Air Force aerial warfare expert Major General Patrick McLanahan and his crew of daring engineers are devising the air combat unit of the future. Known as Air Battle Force, it can launch concentrated, stealthy, precision-guided firepower to any spot on the globe within hours. And soon McLanahan and his warriors will have their first target.

    KRC says: "Spellbinding"
    "Excellent read"
    Overall

    Had to go back in the series to find out how certain characters came about... I was NOT disappointed. If you like the Dreamland series you have to have this in your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    New York Times - best-selling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped-from-the-headlines medical thriller, where DNA science, biotechnology, and religion collide.

    Kirk says: "Intervention"
    "Classic Cook...but...?"
    Overall

    The story line is good but what happens during the first part of the book is somewhat lost. You might thing that he is attempting to introduce characters but Robin did not need to spend so much ink doing it. Solid story and draws you to the conclusion... wait... it didn't.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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